Lakota Culture

On the wind-swept plains of South Dakota, you can almost imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago ... at the time when the Sioux called this land their own.

Their lives were lived close to the land and nature. Because of this, they felt all things - from the sun's rays to the smallest ant - were the work of Wakan Tanka, the Grandfather Spirit. The sun, sky and winds were all part of the Great Spirit.

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The Lakota (pronounced [laˈkˣota]; also known as Teton, Titunwan ("prairie dwellers"), Teton Sioux ("snake, or enemy") are an indigenous people of the Great Plains. They are part of a confederation of seven related Sioux tribes,the Oceti Šakowiŋ or seven council fires, and speak Lakota, one of the three major dialects of the Sioux language.

The Lakota are the western-most of the three Sioux-language groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota. The seven bands or "sub-tribes" of the Lakota are:

Sicaŋǧu (Brulé, Burned Thighs)
Oglala ("They Scatter their Own)
Itazipco (Sans Arc, Without Bows)
Huŋkpapa ("End Village," Camps at the End of the Camp Circle)
Miniconjou ("Plant beside the Stream," Planters by the Water)
Sihasapa ("Black Feet")
Oóhenuŋpa (Two Kettles)

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"Construction of the Sweat Lodge"

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Lakota Medicine Wheel

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The Lakota Winter Count

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Comment by WolfSky on August 18, 2012 at 3:51pm

Hau LadyHawk, wonderful group sister. You have gathered alot of information following the Lakota and there culture and beliefs. I have been doing some real deep studys on Lakota ceremonys practiced within the different tribes of the Sioux nation. Many Blessings Sister. Mitakuye oyasin.

Comment by Ravenblu on July 28, 2012 at 9:26pm

I was so thrilled to see this group on your page, LadyHawk. I have been studying and following the Lakota Road for many years. I also have strong Wiccan links but they have always been coloured with my Lakota Beliefs. It was wonderful to find this page, as I have so much to learn still. Thank you for the opportunity.

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:22pm

Sweat lodge, Background, Sacred altar, middle, Sacred Fire and Rocks, Foreground

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:19pm

Sweat Lodge, or Inipi Sacred Ceremonial Sweat Tent

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:00pm

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:56pm

Chanunpa Sacred Pipe, only for Sacred Ceremonies

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:55pm

Sacred Sweat Lodge Altar with Buffalo Skull, Offerings, and Pipe Bundle, and Used Sacred Rocks

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:53pm

Elder Russel Means, AIM Leader and Lakota Spokesman

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:51pm

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, My Lakota Mentor

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:50pm

Black Elk, as a Young Heyoka Holy Man


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